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June 14 ~ JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
...when the mayor-elect of Chicago personally invites you to play his inauguration concert. Rahm Emanuel is one of many esteemed fans that JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound have picked up since their humble beginnings, when they were just dreaming about getting the cool kids to shake it at the Empty Bottle. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy befriended the post-punk soul group after they scored a viral hit with their amped-up re-imagining of his song "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart", performing it with them at Chicago's Park West and inviting them to appear at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival alongside heavy hitters such as Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and the Band's Levon Helm. The taste-making crate diggers at the Numero Group were impressed enough by the band's take-no-prisoners live show to include them in their Eccentric Soul Revue, where they had the pleasure of collaborating with the spectacular Syl Johnson. The Uptown Sound has shared stages with a staggering array of artists, from legends like Robert Plant, Buddy Guy, and Chicago, to indie faves Peter Bjorn & John and the Dismemberment Plan, and soul stirrers Fitz & the Tantrums, Lee Fields, and Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens.
Erupting with raw emotion, JC Brooks unleashes his soulful shouts and heart wrenching falsetto over the relentless rhythm of guitarist Billy Bungeroth, drummer Kevin Marks, and bassist Ben Taylor. The Uptown Sound is a force to be reckoned with, leading the Chicago Tribune to call them "the real deal" and MOJO Magazine identifying them as "one of the hottest US soul acts", while the New York Times praised their "neo-soul glory" and the Onion AV Club declared their first album "relentlessly catchy". It's live, it's compelling, it's now, it's theatrical. So theatrical, in fact, that they were recently tapped to star in the critically-acclaimed run of the Tony Award-winning musical "Passing Strange" at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts.
2012 Line UP
|June 7||Reverend Raven|
|June 14||JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound|
|June 21||Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra|
|June 28||D' Calleson|
|July 5||WE Six|
|July 12||Bastille Days Programming|
|July 19||Pete Carney & Ghost Farm|
|July 26||Orquesta Tumbao|
|Aug 2||New Orleans Suspects|
|Aug 9||Natty Nation|
|Aug 16||Shaker & the Egg|
|Aug 23||The Right Now|
|Aug 30||Erotic Adventures of the Static Chicken|
|Sept 6||Random Walk|